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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

WARM CLOTHES TO SYRIAN-ARMENIANS

 

The Government of the Republic of Armenia, the RA Diaspora Ministry’s Syrian-Armenians Relief Coordination Center NGO, AGBU, the Armenian Apostolic Church and others continue various assistance programs for those Syrian-Armenians who were forced to move to Armenia due to the escalating conflict in Syria. In January, a new assistance program - distributing winter clothing - kicked off. Providing Syrian-Armenians with warm clothes to endure the cold winter of Armenia had become a matter of considerable urgency, given that many of them had left their homes in Syria taking only items of vital importance.

Tuesday, 07 May 2013

INTERNATIONAL DELEGATION COMMEMORATES THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN ISTANBUL

 

An unprecedented joint delegation of AGBU Europe and EGAM - European Grassroots Antiracist Movement - comprised of 20 people from 15 European countries, gathered in Istanbul to commemorate the Armenian Genocide of 1915. They were invited by DurDe! (Say Stop to Racism and Nationalism), a Turkish organization that has been commemorating the Armenian Genocide for the past four years. On April 24, symbolically at 19:15, up to 2,000 Turks, Armenians and others peacefully gathered at Istanbul's centrally-located Taksim Square in an emotional moment of mourning, commemoration and solidarity. Earlier in the day, they also gathered outside the former Sultanahmed Prison (now a museum), where Armenian intellectuals, professionals and others arrested on April 24, 1915, were first jailed, before being taken away and murdered. A strong police presence kept watch as a small gathering of protesters shouted nationalist slogans nearby.

Monday, 29 April 2013

AGBU ARMENIAN VIRTUAL COLLEGE AT GIRLS IN ICT INTERNATIONAL FORUM

 

The 21st century is the Age of Techology, as computers and hi-tech dominate every aspect of life today. However, the global mass computerization is believed to have started nearly 200 years ago with the pioneer being a female mathematician Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Byron. The international Girls in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) Day, celebrated on April 25 this year, aims to involve more women and girls in the IT sphere. The Girls in ICT event in Armenia was held by Women and Information Society NGO, headed by Founder and President Narine Abazyan. “The growing IT sector in Armenia can be a brilliant career choice for many Armenian women.” This was the message of the conference held at the American University of Armenia (AUA), where AGBU’s Armenian Virtual College (AVC) participated as a successful and purely technology-based company. Outstanding women from leading hi-tech companies presented their success stories to 200 young girls from 18 schools and universities. Opening remarks were delivered by AUA President Dr. Bruce Boghosian, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Armenia Mission Director Ms. Karen Hilliard, and others.

Monday, 08 April 2013

SEMIFINALS OF AGBU-SPONSORED 7TH REPUBLICAN INTERSCHOOL CHESS TOURNAMENT

 

 

 

Between March 25-April 10, people of all ages throughout Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh and Javakhk (Georgia) were once again submerged into the passions of chess. The winners of the 2nd phase continued to compete in the semi-finals of the 7th Republican Interschool Chess Tournament. Close to 5,000 students, ages 7-17, between grades 1-12 and representing over 1,000 schools, participate in the annual tournament, sponsored by the Chess Academy of Armenia, RA Ministry of Education and AGBU. During Round 1, the tournament was held within schools. Winning teams proceeded to Round 2 and competed against other schools within their same communities. Winners went on to regional semi-finals competitions. During the semi-finals, AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian and AGBU Armenia Special Projects Coordinators Inessa Margaryan and Anna Aghajanyan visited all the regions of Armenia and Stepanakert to distribute prizes. All participating teams were awarded victory cups, stationery sets and USB Memory sticks. Winners of the semi-finals received cellular phones and trophy cups. Selected regional chess academies, also received projectors. The regional winners will move on to compete in the national finals to take place in Tsakhkadzor (Kotayk region) between May 7-10. AGBU will again provide awards to the winning teams and their coaches. While all semi-final tournaments and awards ceremonies were special, the visit to Armavir was exceptional – both for the students and for AGBU. Grandmaster Tigran Petrosyan, two-time Olympic Champion, accompanied the AGBU delegation to Armavir, helped distribute prizes and played a rapid chess match with the students. The unforgettable surprise visit by the Grandmaster is sure to prove inspirational for these young students of chess who hope to one day follow in the footsteps of their hero. The awards ceremony in Yerevan was attended by the Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan, Chess Academy President Smbat Lputyan, AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian and AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian. Since 2008, the Interschool Tournament, an initiative of the Armenian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the Republic of Armenia's Ministry of Education and Science, has produced many players who graduate to the professional level. One winner, when asked what she got out of playing chess, simply said, "Chess is my life."

Saturday, 30 March 2013

AGBU YEREVAN SCOUTS: TRUE TO THEIR WORD AND TITLE

 

Most recently, on the occasion of International Book Day, AGBU Scouts visited the Nubarashen Military Unit and donated 500 books to the library. Books had been donated by the Scouts, their families and friends. The librarian at the Nubarashen Military Unit said there are a great number of soldiers who desire to read and, despite how tired they are, it is only a matter of providing literature. The Scouts’ donation will most certainly provide interesting reading material for the conscripts. On March 21, AGBU Scouts visited needy families, single mothers and families with many children in Gyumri and distributed more than 1,000 pieces of clothing for all age groups. 

Thursday, 28 February 2013

AGBU ARMENIA DIRECTOR ARPI VARTANIAN VISITS REPUBLIC OF NAGORNO-KARABAKH

 

Between February 21-23, AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian visited the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) to meet with officials and become better acquainted with AGBU programs there. She was accompanied by Sassoun Baghdassarian, AGBU's NKR Program Coordinator. On February 21, Vartanian visited Schools #3 and #7 in Stepanakert. She had the opportunity to witness first-hand the use of the XO laptops which children throughout Stepanakert, Shushi and Karintak are using in schools. The One Laptop Per Child program, launched in 2011, provides laptop computers to elementary schoolchildren. The innovative technology program, called the New Education Strategy (NUR) is implemented by the Fruitful Armenia Fund, in partnership with AGBU's on-the-ground support. Children, teachers, and even family members are benefiting from learning how to use the computers. With internet access at schools and throughout the city, new worlds have opened up for the children. Throughout her visit, students, teachers, parents and government officials commented on the benefits of the program. Later that day, Vartanian met with NKR President Bako Sahakyan. They discussed AGBU current and future programs. In particular, AGBU's latest project - the AGBU NKR Campus - was discussed. Vartanian noted that plans are underway to get the Campus operational as soon as possible.

 
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